Statement on the Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act
Today the United States Congress upheld on a national level what we know to be a basic human right – to love and marry the person you wish. The passage of the Respect for Marriage Act ensures that the hard fought right for people to enter a legally recognized marriage, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or the state they live in, is no longer at risk.
Every day, LGBTQ+ people endure a barrage of threats to our physical and mental well-being. We run the risk of verbal and physical attacks when simply walking down the street. Or we face the threat of a sitting US Supreme Court Justice who seeks to eliminate our right to marry. The cumulative impact of these threats is devastating to our lives and health.
In passing this law that protects same-sex marriage, Congress has declared that the LGBTQ community belongs, is included, and that our relationships are safe. We celebrate the recognition of this innate freedom for people of all walks of life. As the LGBTQ+ community continues to be unjustly marginalized on other fronts of society, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the respect, dignity, and health of all people.
Bobby Clark, Principal